Anime News Network has reported that Hitler’s Mein Kampf has been translated into a manga format by the Japanese publisher East Press.
The manga has apparently sold 45,000 copies already (numbers which, for those keeping score, aren’t the highest for manga, but are equal to the Top 40 listings of mainstream comics, right between Blackest Night: Titans and Fantastic Four), and has led some to push for lifting Germany’s country-wide ban on the book.
Bavarian authorities, however, have resisted allowing the book to be sold, saying (rightly or wrongly) that they don’t feel that manga is an appropriate medium to handle such controversial material. East Press has previously produced manga graphic novels on Karl Marx’s Das Kapital and Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince.
When asked about the book by ANN, East Press editor Kosuke Marou said, “it is a famous book, but there are few who have read it. I think it is [studying] material for knowing Hitler, a man synonymous with ‘devil,’ and what sort of thinking created that level of tragedy.” What do you think?
[Image via Japan Probe]